Simple Ways to Lose Weight
If you find yourself frustrated by trying to lose weight, don’t give up so fast. It can certainly be a challenge and will take some effort, but in the end it will be worth it. The best way to start is to look at not only what you eat, but how much. Have you ever seen a thin person eating? They usually don’t inhale their meal and rarely finish the whole thing. So, the first step to take is to eat slow. This will give your brain a chance to catch up with your stomach and avoid over eating.
Make Small Changes
When you begin a diet plan, don’t look at it as a diet, but rather view it as a lifestyle change. Once you begin to look at the way you eat differently, and keep making those small changes, you’ll want to stick with it. Start by looking at the types of foods you eat and evaluate if there’s a healthier alternative. For example, instead of loading up on carbs with pasta, could you replace it with a vegetable-based pasta? It’s easy enough to get a spiralizer and take some zucchini to make your own pasta noodle alternative. If you’re a fan of cooking shows, you’ll see many home cooks and chefs using this technique as a healthy alternative to traditional pasta. You could even make chicken meatballs to replace the fattier beef variety and still have a tasty dinner without the extra fat and carbs.
Swap Out Craved Foods
If you’re someone who loads up on snacks, particularly comfort foods, otherwise known as junk food, try to evaluate each item you crave and swap it out for a healthier alternative. For example, if you crave fried chicken, try baking it instead. It’s simple enough to pat the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoned breadcrumbs and bake it in the oven. It will be just as tasty, a lot less caloric and will most definitely be better for both your health and your waistline. If you like snack foods like cookies, cakes and chips, take a look at what you eat try replacing your favorite snacks with a healthier alternative, one snack item at a time. For example, instead of eating a bag of chips, try some nuts and fruit instead, such as almonds or walnuts and grapes. The nuts will satisfy your chew and the fruit will satisfy your sugar craving in a healthier way than a snack cake or bag of greasy chips.
Whether you are trying to lose weight or not, drinking the proper amount of water throughout the day is important to maintain good health. If you don’t drink enough water, your body may be sending you the wrong signal, and when you think you’re hungry, you’re actually thirsty and just don’t know it. So, the next time you think you need to reach for that candy bar, try to drink a big glass of water first, and see how you feel afterwards. Chances are it will curb your impulse to grab for that unnecessary snack. If, after drinking enough water, you still feel the need to snack, try an apple or a hardboiled egg with some carrot sticks. Yes, that does sound like diet food, but the point of this is to change the way you eat so you can keep the weight off once you reach your goal.
Keep a Food Log
Another tip to losing weight is to document what you eat, especially if you find it to be successful to your goal. Write down, or even take photos, of what you eat during the day and make a note of what worked. For example, instead of piling on the cheese over your salad, you opt for a lower calorie option, such as low-fat cottage cheese. You may have felt satisfied and not bloated as a result. That’s just an example. If you start a log, you will begin to formulate a picture and a plan that works for you.
Eat More Often
Yes, this might sound counter-intuitive, but rather than eating 3 large meals a day, break it down to 6 small meals. That will make your digestion process more effective, since your body doesn’t have to burn as much energy processing a small meal. Another rule of thumb, is don’t eat a meal larger than the size of your fist. Your goal is to reduce belly fat, for example, and if you eat to the point of stretching your stomach out beyond its limit, you’ll need more food to satisfy your hunger, which defeats the purpose of changing your eating habits. Lastly, go easy on yourself and take it at your own pace. This isn’t a crash diet, it’s a plan to change the way you eat for the long haul, so when you do reach your weight loss goal, you can keep the weight off for good!